Rod T. Smith Former Editor of Shenandoah

Rod T. Smith


M.A. in English, Appalachian State University, 1976
B.A. in Philosophy, University of North Carolina-Charlotte, 1970


Shenandoah Internship

Creative Senior Honors Thesis Supervision


Flannery O'Connor
The Civil War in American Literature
Literature of Virginia
Appalachian Literature
Fiction Writing

Selected Publications

Doves in Flight. Louisiana Literature Press, 2017

In the Night Orchard: New and Selected Poems. Texas Review Press, 2014

The Red Wolf: A Dream of Flannery O'Connor. Louisiana Literature Press, 2013

Sherburne: Stories. Stephen F. Austin University Press, 2011.

The Calaboose Epistles: Stories. Iris Press, 2009

Outlaw Style: Poems. University of Arkansas Press, 2008

Uke Rivers Delivers: Stories. LSU Press, 2006

Ensemble. Talking River Press, 2006

Brightwood: Poems. LSU Press, 2003

Common Wealth: Contemporary Virginia Poets.  UVA Press, 2003 (edited with Sarah Kennedy)

The Hollow Log Lounge: Poems. U of Illinois Press, 2003

Messenger: Poems. LSU Press, 2001

Split the Lark: Selected Poems. Salmon Press of Ireland, 1999

Trespasser: Poems. LSU Press, 1996

Hunter-Gatherer: Poems. Livingston U Press, 1996

Faith: Stories. Black Belt Press, 1995


Selected Poems in Journals

Atlantic Monthly Missouri Review, Prairie Schooner, Southern Humanities Review, Southern Poetry Review, Southern Review, Harvard Review and Five Points

Current Projects

Summoning Shades: Poems (forthcoming in 2017)

Rubicon: The Dickinson Scandal (in progress).



Recent Awards

Recent Awards

Rachel Rivers Coffee Distinguished Writer-in-Residence (fall, 2015) at Appalachian State University; 2013 Carole Weinstein Prize for Achievement by a Virginia Poet, 2008 Virginia Governor's Arts Award, 2008 Library of Virginia Book of the Year; 2007 Cohen Prize from Ploughshares; 2007 Guy Owen Prize from Southern Poetry Review; 2003 Virginia Commission for the Arts Fiction Fellowship; 2003 Pushcart Prize; 2002 Library of Virginia Poetry Book of the Year; 2001 Theodore Hoepffner Award from Southern Humanities Review; 2000 Richard Hugo Award from Poetry Northwest; 1999 Virginia Commission for the Arts Poetry Fellowship; 1999 Internation Poetry Award from Salmon Publishing in Ireland


Outsider art, bluegrass music, Appalachian culture, Southern literature, Irish literature and traditional music, the Civil War